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 Post subject: Daily Meditation
PostPosted: June 19th, 2010, 9:32 am 
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What does the expression “serving two masters” and “being anxious” have in common? They both have the same root problem – being divided within oneself. The root word for “anxiety” literally means “being of two minds.” An anxious person is often “tossed to and fro” and paralyzed by fear, indecision, and insecurity. Fear of some bad outcome cripples those afflicted with anxiety. It’s also the case with someone who wants to live in two opposing kingdoms – God's kingdom of light, truth, and goodness or Satan's kingdom of darkness, sin, and deception – following God's standards and way of happiness or following the world’s standards of success and happiness. Who is the master in charge of your life? Our “master” is whatever governs our thought-life, shapes our ideals, and controls the desires of our heart and the values we choose to live by. We can be ruled by many different things – the love of money and possessions, the power of position and prestige, the glamor of wealth and fame, and the driving force of unruly passions, harmful desires, and addictive cravings. Ultimately the choice of who is our master boils down to two: God or “mammon”. What is mammon? “Mammon” stands for “material wealth or possessions” or whatever tends to “control our appetites and desires.”

There is one master alone who has the power to set us free from slavery to sin, fear, pride, and greed, and a host of other hurtful desires. That master is the Lord Jesus Christ who alone can save us from all that would keep us bound up in fear and anxiety. Jesus used an illustration from nature – the birds and the flowers – to show how God provides for his creatures in the natural order of his creation. God provides ample food, water, light, and heat to sustain all that lives and breathes. How much more can we, who are created in the very image and likeness of God, expect our heavenly Father and creator to sustain not only our physical bodies, but our mind, heart, and soul as well? God our Father is utterly reliable because it is his nature to love, heal, forgive, and make whole again. Jesus taught his disciples to pray with confidence to their heavenly Father: Give us this day our daily bread. What is bread, but the very staple of life and symbol of all that we need to live and grow. Anxiety is neither helpful nor necessary. It robs us of faith and confidence in God’s help and it saps our energy for doing good. Jesus admonishes his followers to put away anxiety and preoccupation with material things and instead to seek first the things of God – his kingdom and righteousness. Anxiety robs the heart of trust in the mercy and goodness of God and in his loving care for us. God knows our needs even before we ask and he gives generously to those who trust in him. Who is your master – God or mammon?

“Lord Jesus, free me from needless worries and help me to put my trust in you. May my first and only concern be for your glory and your kingdom of peace and righteousness. Help me to live each day and moment with trust and gratitude for your providential care for me.”


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 Post subject: Re: Daily Meditation
PostPosted: July 30th, 2010, 12:20 pm 
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so because i have an anxiety disorder means i have two different minds :?:

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 Post subject: Re: Daily Meditation
PostPosted: July 30th, 2010, 6:34 pm 
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I think you can look at it this way:

There can be no cold without hot, no day without night and no right without wrong. It's the natural balance of life.

Not two minds but a mind that is keenly aware of two paths or directions. We all have the capability to do right and wrong. If we chose we could commit murder or not.

It's the balance that we need adjust within ourselves. My cousin use to call it his constitution. Know yourself well enough to decide, this is my path and the direction I choose.

Sometimes a conflict or an imbalance in the mind whether caused by chemical disorders or by traumatic experiences can allow the pendulum to swing to either side of balance, many times to an extreme. What you think can lead to thinking more in that particular path. If you find yourself thinking in any negative vein...such as being uneasy or depressed...just choose to shut down that line of thinking and consciously pick a more positive line of thought. After all it is up to you how you think!

I think in the case of chemical imbalances it might be more likely to swing to an extreme in a sudden and dramatic fashion.

Perhaps the answer is to jot down what was occurring in your life just before a violent swing in character.

After a while your notes will let you know what to avoid to suppress these swings in mood.

There are not two physical minds but a split in the thinking of one mind.

But, then again; what do I know!

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